Urbin Report

Thursday, March 31, 2005

She's a good actress...

...but I really could care less what her politics are. I am speaking of Gwyneth Paltrow (who's finest work was probably in View From the Top, where she described the skirts worn by her and Christine Applegate as glorified belts...). She along with Vernon Jordan, a ficture of the Clinton White House best known for finding Monica Lewinski a job in order to keep her quiet, will be guest "bloggers" on Arianna Huffington's upcoming web magazine. This is according to today's Washington Times Inside the Beltway column.

A sure sign of the coming Apocalypse...

No, not the latest CD by Shatner, it's the mind boggling concept that Jessie Jackson and Sean Hannity agree on an issue.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Weird SciFi Post of the Day...

If you're enough of a geek, like me, to have picked up William Shatner's new CD Has Been (pretty good actually), you are probably nerdy enough to take a look at Leonard Nimoy's music video of the 'Ballad of Bilbo Baggins'.


Examing the bottom line of MemoGate Part 2

Hindrocket takes the issue down the basics:

So: An anonymous Democratic Senator tells us that an anonymous Republican Senator gave the document to an anonymous Democratic Congressman, who passed it on to anonymous Democratic aides, who gave it to reporters. That certainly clears up any doubts about the memo! And, oh, by the way, where did the Repuublican Senator supposedly get the memo? From a Democratic staffer? A reporter? A lobbyist? Who knows?

Kurtz notes, but does not pursue, some of the reasons we have advanced suggesting that the document is a fake. No one he interviewed explained how or why the memo was revised to eliminate four typographical errors after it was first reported by ABC, but before it was leaked by Democrats on Capitol Hill to a liberal web site. And no one he interviewed explained why Republicans would either create or circulate a document suggesting that the party was seeking political gain from the Schaivo case--a claim that is a Democratic talking point, but certainly not a Republican one.

As I said to Howard Kurtz, "The content of the memo tells me it wasn't prepared to benefit the Republican Party, it was prepared to benefit the Democratic Party."

This is sounding more and more like the left making shit up and repeating the lie over and over again.
Read the whole thing, there is a fair amount of MSM and democrat weasling going on.

The .50 Caliber Boogyman

The Liberty Snake has a good article on the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) campaign being carried out by anti-Civil Rights Victim Disarmament groups.
Here are some highlights:

First, what gun was loveline's "political savant" refering to? As you've probably guessed from my title, the 50 caliber bmg. It's a rifle with usually a single shot, five shot, or ten shot capacity that shoots 1/2 inch diameter rounds. The extreme range of such a gun is approximately 1.5 miles (that means unless you are a skilled sniper, good luck hitting anything that far away). I believe the average accurate range of the gun is about 1000 yards. Now in order to shoot down an airliner, how far would the gun have to shoot? Airliners usually fly at about 30,000 feet, which is about 5 1/2 miles up. The fifty caliber rifle on a good day would fall 4 miles short.
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The reality of it is you can't shoot down an airliner with a 50 caliber rifle. It only happens in movies, if that. Incidentally, one of the greatest fighters in the history, the F-86 Sabre, was armed with six 50 caliber machine guns, and most of it's pilots considered to be lacking in the firepower department. In fact, many pilots ended up shooting all eighteen hundred rounds of ammunition on board at a single target without scoring a kill. Now if eighteen hundred rounds of 50 caliber ammunition has trouble taking down a Mig-15 (much smaller than a 747), how do you think someone armed with ten 50 caliber rounds is going to fare against an airliner? Only a liberal would be stupid enough to think they have a chance.

Now, as the educated reader knows, spreading lies and fear is that standard tactic of the gun-grabber.
They have even put their plans in writing:
"... many Americans do believe that handguns are effective weapons for home-defense and the majority of Americans ...believe the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Yet, many who support the individual's right to own a handgun have second thoughts when the issue comes down to assault weapons. Assault weapons are often viewed the same way as machine guns and `plastic' firearms -- a weapon that poses such a grave risk that it's worth compromising a perceived constitutional right." -- "Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation" Josh Sugarmann, March 1989
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"Assault weapons... are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons -- anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun -- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons." -- "Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation" Josh Sugarmann, March 1989


They also often flat out just lie out of ignorance and hate, as David Kopel points out:
In Fort Collins last August, the "Million" Mom group advertised a "public" meeting, so a small group of civil arms activists, led by Bob Glass, showed up to take notes. Million Mom member Cherie Trine described Glass's group to Boulder Weekly columnist Wayne Laugesen as "a neo-Nazi group that wants to terrorize the whole community. They're very anti-Semitic, anti-gay, racist people. They might as well be wearing KKK caps. They're like the people who hate government and want to bomb federal buildings."
In fact, Glass is a Jew who advocates civil rights for everyone and denounces acts of violence.

Interesting data on the 2000 election is still popping up.

The nice folks over at Red State.org dug up this an interesting article from the Washington Post.
The key data from the article is:

Polidata's Clark Bensen said that Bush carried 255 congressional districts on his way to winning reelection last November, while Kerry won 180. The president captured 214 districts held by congressional Republicans and 41 districts that were won by Democratic House candidates. Just 18 of the districts that Kerry won are in GOP hands.

Doverspa of Redstate.org continues with more analysis of the political makeup of the country:
This is the first time in 60+ years that Republicans are as numerous as Democrats. Furthermore, since there are still more crossover Democrats (11% voted for Bush while 6% of Republicans voted for Kerry) and crossover Democratic Congressional Districts (41 Democratic CDs voted for Bush, 18 Republican CDs voted for Kerry), Republicans have a slight edge probably similar to the 51%-48% Presidential result.

This is good stuff. Stop by and read the whole thing.

Even more on Memogate Part 2

Michelle Malkin joins the fray.
She gets to the heart of the matter:

...the two key questions at issue--namely, (1) who wrote the memo and (2) who distributed the memo to Republican senators.

Bottom line: We still don't know who wrote the memo. We still don't know who distributed it. ABCNews.com still hasn't retracted its unsubstantiated characterization of the memo as "GOP Talking Points." ABC still has not acknowledged that Kate Snow misspoke. The Post still hasn't acknowledged that it wrongly implied that the memo was written and/or distributed by Republicans.

And all the other editorial writers, columnists, and pundits, from Chris Matthews to Cynthia Tucker to the Boston Globe editorial board, who stated explicitly that Republicans distributed the memo, still have not noted that the two news outlets that broke the story--ABC News and the Post--no longer say the memo was circulated by Republicans.

On a lighter note...

Not coming out of Hollywood, the 2005 Official Star Wars Fan Film awards.

HT to Slashdot.

What you won't see coming out of Hollywood.

Bridget Johnson writes about Hollywood's love affair with communism. It's worth reading the whole thing. In this snippet, she points out what you won't see in any Hollywood movie about the communist murdering thug (redundent, I know) Ernesto "Che" Guevara:

Che Guevara, whose legacy includes both ordering and conducting executions and founding forced labor camps. "Guevara . . . quickly gain[ed] a reputation for ruthlessness; a child in his guerrilla unit who had stolen a little food was immediately shot without trial," writes Pascal Fontaine in "The Black Book." Guevara also wrote in his diary about executing peasant Eutimio Guerra, a suspected informant, with a single .32-caliber shot to the head. Guevara, in his will, praised the "extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless, and cold killing machines." He tried to spread the havoc caused by the Cuban revolution in other countries from Africa to South America, rallying for "two, three, many Vietnams!"

Guevara oversaw executions at La Cabana prison; some of those executed were his former comrades who wouldn't relinquish their democratic beliefs. "To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary," he said. He didn't assuage his barbarity by being a brilliant statesman, either, helping drive the economy to ruin as head of Cuba's central bank and minister of industries. "Though claiming to despise money," writes Fontaine, "he lived in one of the rich, private areas of Havana."

Why let reality get in the way?

The Washington Times Inside Politics column notes:

As evidence grows that a supposed Republican Party "talking-points memo" on the Terri Schiavo case was a hoax, the mainstream press continues to act as if the document's authenticity is not in question.
Noam Scheiber, a senior editor at the New Republic, wrote yesterday in an op-ed piece in the New York Times: "According to a now-infamous memo circulated among Republican senators, the Terri Schiavo case is a 'great political issue' for their party."


For more details on Memogate Part 2, look here, here, and here

Good Questions...

...The Confederate Yankee asks:

Quite frankly, does the former deputy ambassador to the United Nations under Ford and Carter have an opinion relevant in today's global political environment? Do we really need the opinion of the Arms Control Agency from the Carter Administration, or Clinton's ambassador to Nigeria?

...and non-moonbat with at least two Neurons to rub together knows the answer to both: Hell No!

Monday, March 28, 2005

Harvard is not representative of American society...

...regardless of what the so-called "reporters" in the Boston Globe tell you.
Greyhawk drives the point home at the end of his post on the subject of military recruiting:

Funny - after reading informed blog content like the four sites linked above to find this in the Boston Globe. And by "funny" I mean not funny. Parts of this might be truth...

When Richard Nixon abolished the draft a generation ago, he effectively relieved citizens of any obligation to participate in the nation's defense. Military service became strictly a matter of individual choice, one that the Pentagon promoted as a job opportunity.


but this is wrong:

As a consequence, the military establishment that emerged by the 1990s as a preeminent symbol of revived national self-confidence and self-esteem was in no sense representative of American society. Its members came not from the suburbs but from the farm and the inner city, not from Harvard but from Prairie View A & M.


It's an opinion piece, but in this instance the author is uninformed - or lying. The military is indeed representative of America. I'm from the suburbs, as are many others far as I can tell. Honestly it's not something we care enough about to ask. The reality is that the largest group of those currently serving are from military families.

And Harvard grads must be present to make a group representative of America?

Read the whole thing.

That is a pleasant surprise!

By way of the Heartless Libertarian, Common Sense on Guns from the Chicago Tribune

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Weird SciFi post of the day...

I'm not surprise that someone came up with a Star Trek Tarot.

New Pictures

Actually, some old ones that I have never published before.

Share & Enjoy.

Good News!

Accord to The Times, Kofi Annan is "struggling with depression" and close to quitting over the widespread scandels that have defined the UN under his "so-called" leadership.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

A note on digital cameras

My last digital Camera was a Canon Powershot S30. It took really nice pictures. However, based on my personal experience, Canon engineers their digital cameras to have a critical failure after 13 to 16 months. Since they only have a one year warrantee, this is not good for Canon camera owners. I would be happier if Canon built a quality product that would last at least two years, or at least stand behind their products when they die under normal use.

It seems I'm not the only one with this problem. Here are some reviews of the S30 from Amazon.

Then one day I turned it on to review pictures taken at a wedding the weekend before and nothing happened. No error message, no reaction to replacement with a fresh-charged battery, stone dead. ...I feel like it is a ticking time bomb that could die again at any time

Wouldn't you know, just out of the warranty period, the camera stops working. I test the battery just before my daughter's soccer game, then hop in the car. Get to the game and....the thing won't work.

I have had this camera from about 18 months. ... Now it has stopped working altogether.

Very nice little camera. The service is very poor.

Not a good sign for Kerry

When a liberal columnist in his home town, left wing paper starts taking shots, it can't be good.
Joan Vennochi, a very left of center Boston Globe columnist writes:
"Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dissect John Kerry's political base like a frog in a biology class."

Yet another reason not to buy from Starbucks

From Say Anything:

St. Petersburg Times - The Seattle coffee chain has raised some eyebrows over its “The Way I See It” campaign, which prints quotes from thinkers, authors, athletes and entertainers on the side of your morning machiatto. The goal, according to the company, is to foster philosophical debate in its 9,000-plus coffeehouses.

The quotes aren’t all that inflammatory, though several mirror Starbucks’ hallmark tall-grande-venti pretentiousness. Take this one from film critic Roger Ebert: “A movie is not about what it is about. It is about how it is about it.”

The problem, critics say, is the company’s list of overwhelmingly liberal contributors, including Al Franken, Melissa Etheridge, Quincy Jones, Chuck D. Of the 31 contributors listed on Starbucks’ Web site, only one, National Review editor Jonah Goldberg, offers a conservative viewpoint.

Considering Starbucks sells millions of cups of coffee each day - some specialty drinks at $4 and up - it’s no surprise some customers have complained to Starbucks’ Web site, labeling the campaign “offensive” and the company a proponent of “the destruction of family values and virtues.”


HT to Wes Roth

Friday, March 25, 2005

Well, ain't that a kick in the progressive ass...

According to the Financial Times, Iraq's insurgents (i.e. terrorists) are seeking an "exit strategy" (i.e. a way not to get their collective asses killed by Iraqi & American military forces).

According to Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, who heads Iraq's main monarchist movement and is in contact with guerrilla leaders, “Firstly, they want to ensure their own security.”

The article says:

Sharif Ali said the success of Iraq's elections dealt the insurgents a demoralising blow, prompting them to consider the need to enter the political process.

Ya, Right! I think it has much more to do with over a hundred of Michael Moore's "Minutemen" getting killed by Iraqi Special Forces and US Troops over the last week.

A review of Koffi's proposed U.N Reform

New Sisyphus takes a detailed look at it.

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.
I like the trackback function, but on the downside, it looks like it blocks the old Blogspot comments.

Cool Patch

According to VodkaPundit, it's popular among the US troops in Iraq.

The New Devil's Dictionary

Since Leslie Bates' website (not be confused with his blog) has been off line for a while, I asked if I could host his New Devil's Dictionary.

Share & Enjoy...

Reviewing the first year...

Some of my favorites:

Mallard Filmore (just mentioning the name drives liberals crazy) talks about the left's silence on Castro's abusive human rights record.

What so-called "serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people" on the left really think.

It's not the war so much as it's their flat out hate of President Bush.

You may go play video games if you wish.

UC Berkeley, an icon of far left extremist liberalism, rates in the top five Colleges for the worst Cyber Liberites. The school administration runs a program called Pro that keeps logs of every URL visited.

How the left teaches youth to deal with opposing views.

The Left on Iraq & WMDs

Soldiers can get pretty passionate about boots and socks.

" Come on, come over here and make me, I dare you. . . . You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake." -- Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (democrat-Calif.)

Film school isn't what it used to be

the phrase "McCarthyism" first appeared in the pages of the Communist Partys organ in the U.S., the Daily Worker, which got it directly from the bowels of the NKVDs Moscow headquarters at 3 Dzerzinski Square, where it was coined by the Stalinist disinformation experts in the belief that leftist useful idiots in the U.S. would adopt it as their own. Which of course they did, eagerly, and continue to do so even today.

Here are some Haiku poems about the nine democrat dwarves.

Ebert on Moore

Dictators who support terrorists are supposed to be afraid.

Energizing his base.

News break: Moore is a capitalist millionaire, getting rich off left-wing suckers.

7 Questions for Michael Moore

So how many innocent people have not died as a result of the Iraq war?

"What people have got to remember is that Sept. 11 happened in 2001 and not in 2003. It was planned under the presidency of Bill Clinton."

"The Constitution expressly establishes supermajority voting requirements for authorizing treaties, proposing constitutional amendments, and other specific actions. To confirm judicial nominees, by contrast, the Constitution requires only a majority vote - as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in United States v. Ballin (1892).

what is bad for the average American is good for democrats seeking power.

I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning: it smells like... [sniff] freedom.
That, and lower violent crime rates. -- Kim du Toit


HOLLYWOOD DEMS GATHER FOR 'HATE BUSH' MEETING AT HILTON

'I'm for overthrowing tyrants, and since when did overthrowing fascism become treason to the left?'

A Fact Check on President's Bush's Military record.

Interesting comment by a leftie

“I Am the Nation”

John Nowak meets Koffi Anan

Via Wonkette: Just in case you think Kerry's not getting enough head, NPR sucks long and hard

I'm shocked to find out that in perfect 20-20 hindsight, our reason to go to war in Iraq was on par with our reasons to unilaterally invade Serbia, Bosnia & Kosovo!

ANTI-WAR FOR OIL

The real "coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted."

HRC's Nightmare

Real Cyberpunks

Some of these posts were made by my long time guest blogger, Leslie Bates

The first good rant on the blog...

That was post #3, where I wrote about the big fat stupid pasty white man, Michael Moore.

Two Years.

Two years ago today, this blog started operation. It's been fun, and everyonce in a while I get feedback from somebody.
It's nice to know somebody is out there reading this besides the small circle it was originally targeted too.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

A knowledge of History is not required for NY Times Reporters.

Larry Elder questions New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller knowledge of history when she stated that Paul Wolfowitz was "a chief architect of one of the most unpopular wars in our history."

Mr. Elder checks the history books and finds out that, no surprise here, Ms. Burmiller had no grasp of the facts.
Here are just a few of the examples he gives:

Mexican-American War: Northern abolitionists and Whig members of Congress widely opposed this 1846 war. The opposition included then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln, and they called the war an "unnecessary and unconstitutional" war of "conquest." In fact, when the war ended, Congress censured President James Polk for starting the hostilities.

Spanish-American War: The press heatedly debated this 1898 war, and the war declaration approved by Congress passed with a margin of only seven votes in the Senate. Popular support for the relatively easy fight evaporated over the controversial annexing of Spain's colonies, such as the Philippines. In 1900, Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan made his opposition to the war the centerpiece of his campaign.

Korean War: U.S. military involvement began in the spring of 1950 with popular support. By January 1951, however, 49 percent of Americans believed that sending troops to Korea was a mistake, and 66 percent wanted us to pull out. The war's unpopularity played an important role in the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who pledged to end the war.


Mr. Elder then puts in the final nail in the coffin of Ms. Burmiller's credibility:
This brings us to the "unpopular" Iraqi War. Bush obtained a resolution from Congress (which passed the House 296 to 133, and the Senate 77 to 23) authorizing the use of force. At the time of America's entry into Iraq in 2003, a CBS/New York Times poll found that 76 percent of Americans approved of the U.S. military action against Iraq. Even now, the majority of Americans want us to stay the course.

My first and probably only Schiavo comment...

A left of center Libertarian friend made the following comment:

What kind of woman agrees to be a concubine for ten years just so that her man retains the right to off her predecessor?

Damn good question...

Waiting for the explanation...

There they go again...

democrat Frank Lautenberg (who is only in the Senate after the democrats got one of their pet judges to override NJ state law), is trying to bring back the federal ban on semi-automatic rifles that look evil.

Let us keep in mind the original goals of the so-called "assault weapon" ban:

"Assault weapons... are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons -- anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun -- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons." -- "Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation" Josh Sugarmann, March 1989

Preparing for '08

John Podhoretz has an interesting column on why HRC may not run for re-election in '06.

Mexico's abuse of illegal aliens

From the Washington Times:

The State Department says that the Mexican government, angry that a thousand American volunteers will begin an Arizona border vigil next month, consistently violates the rights of illegal immigrants crossing its southern border into Mexico.
Many of the illegals in Mexico, who emigrate from Central and South America, complain of "double dangers" of extortion by Mexican authorities and robbery and killings by organized gangs.
The State Department's Human Rights Practices report, released only last month, cites abuses at all levels of the Mexican government, and charges that Mexican police and immigration officials not only violate the rights of illegal immigrants, but traffic in illegal aliens.
...
Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, says Mexico had "raised the bar on chutzpah" by criticizing efforts by the Minuteman volunteers to protest immigration enforcement by the U.S. government.
"Since when are 'Neighborhood Watch' citizens 'vigilantes'?" Mr. Tancredo asked. "President Fox thinks we should tear down the fence that keeps illegal aliens out? Then why doesn't he put up a welcome sign on his southern border with Guatemala instead of using his military to keep poor Guatemalans out? Such hypocrisy about borders defies historic parallel."

Read the whole thing.
A more than a bit of hypocrisy on the part of Mexican President Fox.
Although, as I pointed out, he has 16 Billion reasons.

More Civil Rights trampled on by the left...

In addition to the two democrat tire slashers and their effort to deny the Right to Vote to housebound Republicans, we now have democrats buying votes. Each one of those is a vote stolen from a voter who disagrees with the extreme left.

Five East St. Louis Democrats were charged in a scheme to buy votes in November's election in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday.

An undetermined number of voters were paid $5 or $10 to cast a Democratic ballot in the Nov. 2 election, court records said. The money allegedly came from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee, though there was no indication the county committee knew how the funds would be used.

Federal prosecutors charged four Democratic committeemen and one precinct worker, a day after three other committeemen and a precinct worker pleaded guilty to related vote-buying charges in federal court.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

More on Memogate Part 2

Powerline has more details here and here.

I'm waiting for the left to claim it was yet another plot by Karl Rove to discredit them...

Taking Mexico to task...

I'm watching Lou Dobbs on CNN and he's taking Mexico to task.
10% of Mexico's population lives in America and sends back $16 Billion annually.
That's a big chunk of their economy. Add to that the 40% of Mexio's population that lives below the poverty level.

President Fox is in no condition to even to attempt to dictate trade terms to the United States.

Be thankful they didn't do this with Chelsea...

Maxim magazine has done a fake photo of mildly racy scene with the heads of the Bush Twins put over the models.

It's not bad...pretty nice work in fact. Certainly more believable than trying the same thing with Chelsea Clinton.
The Bush twin provide a much better starting point than Chelsea, who seems to have gotten the worst from each parent.

This should send Michael Moore into an eating binge...

Michael Moore's "Minutemen" have taken a pounding from the good guys. Details at the Daily Pundit.

here's a bit of unabashed good news: Iraqi special forces, with US reinforcements, have taken out a terrorist training camp, killing about eighty vermin. Couple that with the 25+ killed over the weekend, and it's not been a good week for Michael Moore's Minutemen.


HT to Mr. Reynolds

Memogate Part 2 continues...

The Captain chimes in:

...unlike regular TP memos, the arguments appear amateurish and poorly written. They also do not descend in order of impact, as most do in order to allow quick scanning by Congressmen and Senators. But most damning of all is the header of the memo, which reads, "S. 529, The Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act." Senate bill 529 was in fact a proposal to establish a federal anti-doping agency. The bill in question was S. 539, a mistake that a staffer would be highly unlikely to make.

Is the left getting religion?

Byron York ask this question after observing a bunch of far-left extremist democrat Senators preaching to the faithful of the moveondotorg crowd.

Plugging for my friend...

My old buddy Dan Chmielewski has a blog now.
He's a liberal, but otherwise a Hell of a nice guy...

This sums it up well...

From a Weekly Standard article about the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank:

Wolfowitz, like the president who appointed him, is an unapologetic proponent of "liberal democracy and free-market economics," and he would most certainly like to see both "take root around the world." (That so many Europeans apparently find this objectionable says far more about them than it does about Wolfowitz.)


HT to New England Republican.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Followup to Memogate Part 2

I had posted about Hindrocket's questions about a so-called Talking Points Memo anonymously distributed to Congressional Republicans.

The Big Trunk has a followup. One of his readers tells him:

I worked on the Hill for some time and now work for the State Department. The SOP for moving memos around is that you have a cover sheet that has a "distribution" list on it. Also on the cover sheet is a "Drafter" space where you enter the person's name who drafted the Memo. You cannot just walk around distributing memos to people on the hill. There is a strict protocol on how staffers/interns deliver memos to another congressman's office.

This appears to be an anomaly. I cant say that it is fake. But it most certainly does not mesh with the SOP of moving memos around. I would love to see the actual memo.


It's obvious that the DNC is too cheap to pay Carville's fees. You would never see this kinda of sloppy work from him!

Damn Skippy

As a resident of the People's Republic of Taxachusetts, I can sympathize with Liberty Snake when he writes about living in the People's Republik of Kalifornia:

Welcome to Kalifornia, where we are proud to offer you: a legislature that changes hands less than the Soviet Politburo; a special place called "San Fransisco" full of tree hugging military hating communists that cut down parking meters and plant flowers in them; Feinstien, the crazy senator who points loaded weapons at crowds (apparently trying prove that only SHE, in all of California, has the "gun training" required to own a firearm); a ban on guns based not on how deadly they shoot, but how spooky they look! Other wonders include, several million illegal immigrants (more than your state, we guarantee!), and because all of our money goes to free healthcare and education for illegals, a road system that just begs you to test your 4 wheel drive suv! It's the golden state all right. Come and pay your taxes in Kalifornia today! Just don't be a democrat (they got us in this mess in the first place) or our governator may terminate you! Paid for by the Coalition to get Kalifornia out of Debt.

Update on the Liberals are bad at math or are just liars story...

A few days ago I commented on several posts about the bogus 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians that the left keeps repeating.
Peter Malloy writes the following to Mr. Reynolds:

"The inability to sense of irony among the anti-war left never ceases to amaze me. The way this group clings to the 100,000 deaths figure makes clear that they WANT it, desperately, to be true. This group of people, ostensibly against the killing involved in war, actually desires that Iraqi civilians have suffered the worst case outcome in order to support their political views. Real humanitarians, ain't they?"

Shannon Love calls the desperate claims of the left made in the Lancet Study "an act of outright scientific corruption, a lie in a lab coat.", and then provides the proof to back her claim.

Memogate Part 2?

Hindrocket questions the authenticity of an anonymous memo relating to the Terri Schiavo case that allegedly was sent to all of the Republicans in the Senate.
He makes some good points, stop by and check 'em out.

She's probably right...

Rightwingsparkle doesn't think this story will make the front page of the NY Times:

KABUL, March 20 (Reuters) - Floods caused by torrential rains and melting snow have killed more than 200 people and destroyed thousands of homes in several parts of Afghanistan over recent days, officials said on Sunday.

U.S. military Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters rescued around 250 people in the Deh Rawud District, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) northeast of the U.S. base at Kandahar, after the Helmand river burst its banks

The U.S. military also sent blankets, wheat flour, cooking oil and biscuits, and a spokesman said U.S. forces were on standby, awaiting any further request for assistance from Afghan and U.N. authorities managing the relief effort.

She is right when she says: "Our Soldiers Rock!!"

Monday, March 21, 2005

The so-called "tolerance" of the left...

According to Matt Drudge, the former editor of Playgirl magazine emailed him. She claims she was fired for being a Republican.
To quote her email:

"After your coverage of my article about coming out and voting Republican, I did receive many letters of support from fellow Republican voters, but it was not without repercussions. Criticism from the liberal left ensued. A few days after the onslaught of liberal backlash, I was released from my duties at Playgirl magazine.

"After underlings expressed their disinterest of working for an outed Republican editor, I have a strong suspicion that my position was no longer valued by Playgirl executives. I also received a phone call from a leading official from Playgirl magazine, in which he stated with a laugh, "I wouldn't have hired you if I knew you were a Republican.

"I just wanted to let you know of the fear the liberal left has about a woman with power possessing Republican views."


Now consider if the female editor of a magazine was fired for being a democrat.
The left and their legal attack dogs at the ACLU would be screaming for blood.

So you don't have to...

While driving around today, I listened to the local liberal AM talk station. Here is an example of what they were talking about.

Why violating people's civil rights is ok, as long as it's Republicans. As you may recall, Michael Pratt, son of former Acting (democrat) Mayor Marvin Pratt, and Sowande Omokunde, son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (democrat), where arrestted for slashing the tires of 20 vans and cars rented by the state Republican Party to drive party members to the polls on election day. Obviously an attempt to deny federal, civil rights. However, the two liberal felons were charged with a single felony count of criminal damage to property. A travisty of justice, but hardly surprising, considering that it was democrats who used fire hoses and dogs to keep blacks from voting back when democrat Senator, and former Klansman, Robert Byrd was fillabustering against the Civil Rights act (as was Senator Al Gore, Sr.). The so-called "argument" being used by the liberal talk-jock was that this was ok, since the number of people the vans could have driven to the polls where within Kerry's margin of victory in that state.
Ya right...This from the people who are still trying to manufacture votes for Gore from Florida's 2000 election.

Gay Porn Cock. Yes, they were still angsting over how a gay man could have made through an Ashcroft Justice Department security check and gain access to the White House press room. Earth to Moonbats! The Press Corp doesn't want the government or anybody else for that matter, defining what a journalist is.

Rathergate. Of course, they don't call it that, and feel that if they say the fake memos were real enough, it should be true.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Christopher Hitchens writes about a NY Times article that should have been the lead story on every news organization.
In a story titled, "Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says" the NY Times reports:

"looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms."

Mr. Hitchens writes:
It was eye-rubbing to read of the scale of this potential new nightmare. There in cold print was the Al Hatteen "munitions production plant that international inspectors called a complete potential nuclear weapons laboratory." And what of the Al Adwan facility, which "produced equipment used for uranium enrichment, necessary to make some kinds of nuclear weapons"? The overall pattern of the plundered sites was summarized thus, by reporters James Glanz and William J. Broad:

The kinds of machinery at the various sites included equipment that could be used to make missile parts, chemical weapons or centrifuges essential for enriching uranium for atom bombs.


My first question is this: How can it be that, on every page of every other edition for months now, the New York Times has been stating categorically that Iraq harbored no weapons of mass destruction? And there can hardly be a comedy-club third-rater or MoveOn.org activist in the entire country who hasn't stated with sarcastic certainty that the whole WMD fuss was a way of lying the American people into war. So now what? Maybe we should have taken Saddam's propaganda seriously, when his newspaper proudly described Iraq's physicists as "our nuclear mujahideen."

So, without a hint of apology, the NY Times calmly states there was a WMD program in Iraq.
Read the whole thing.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The word on the Arab street...

The left keeps saying we should pay heed to it, so here is what one Iraqi on the Street has to say:

So you ask me, Husayn, was it worth it. What have you gotten? What has Iraq acheived? These are questions I get a lot.

To may outsiders, like those who protested last year, who will protest today. This was a fools errand, it brought nothing but death and destruction. I am sheltered in Iraq, but I know how the world feels, how people have come to either love or hate Bush, as though heis the emobdiement of this war. As though this war is part of Bush, they forget the over twenty million Iraqis, they forget the Middle Easterners, they forget the average person on the street, the average man with the average dream.

Ask him if it was worth it. Ask him what is different. Ask him if he would go through it again, go ahead ask him, ask me, many of you have.

Now I answer you, I answer you on behalf of myself, and my countrymen. I dont care what your news tells you, what your television and newspapers say, this is how we feel. Despite all that has happened. Despite all the hurt, the pain, blood, sweat and tears. These two years have given us hope we never had.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

It's not fair, it's not balanced...

but it is pretty damn funny, and has more than bit of truth to it.

The "Evil" Karl Rove Strikes Again!



[Insert Evil laugh]

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Another double standard...

A few years ago, Trent Lott got into a bunch of trouble for saying a few kind words about an old man at his birthday party.

The left wanted him lynched for his "racist" remarks.

Senator Barbara Boxer (democrat-CA) calls a former Klansman "the love of her life" and the silence from the left is deafening.

The fact that Senator Byrd (not only was he a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but a recruiter and organizer. He was also a key figure in the 'Stop Kennedy' campaign" in 1960...while white, JFK was a Catholic...), is seen as a respected member of the democrat party by liberals and the MSM, while Strom Thurman was villified by those same people, highlights their extreme hypocrisy. How many liberals "remember" that it was former Klansman Robert Byrd who filibustered against the Civil Rights Act!

The MSM double standard revisited...

A few days ago, I pointed out that an AP byline story about the Mayor Orlando being arrested on felony charges did NOT mention his political affiation. I had to search to find out that he was a democrat, and kudos to the moonbats over at the DU, for doing so.

Contrast that to this CNN story.
Not only is his party affiation (Republican) stated twice, it's in the first sentance, Bolded.


When the truth isn't on your side...

...tell the same lie over and over again.

Oh, That Liberal Media points out an example of that standard liberal tactic.

On the 2nd anniversary of the liberation of Iraq from tyranny, it should come as no surprise that every anti-American hate site and blog is recycling the discredited claims by the Lancet Journal that 100,000 civilians have died because of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


In case you haven't seen it, here is a hightlight from an article that rips the "100,000 dead" claim to shreads:
Just ask yourself: Have more than 180 Iraqis, mainly women and children, really died every day, on average, for the past 18 months, usually at the hands of the Americans?

If so, where are all the funerals? Where are the pictures? Where are the news reports from the Iraqi media, or pro-extremist outlets such as al-Jazeera and the BBC? And where are the American soldiers, reeling from the killing of so many children, to tell the TV cameras of their horror?

Read the whole thing.

Updates from Mr. Reynolds:
Hugh Thorner writes:
There's no need to debunk the 100,000 civilian casualty figure being cited so often by war opponents. In progressive circles it's an article of faith that pre-war sanctions killed 5000 Iraqis per month. Cost of the war two years later? 20,000 Iraqi civilians saved! And counting...

There is more. Go and read it.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Photo blogging

monk
Shaolin Monk Statue,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
A statue of a Shaolin monk at a local martial arts school.

You will know the mainstream media is no longer biased…

From Lorie Byrd's list:

...when the average American knows as much about what Sandy Berger stuffed into his pants, as they know about what Bill Clinton pulled out of his.

...when the media reports the story of Senate Democrat Judiciary Committee memos as a story about elected officials admitting that they were against the nomination of Miguel Estrada because, among other things, "he is Latino," rather than as the story of a Senate staffer, Manuel Miranda improperly accessing documents the Democrats did not intend for public consumption.

...when liberal pundits are labeled "liberal" on the television screen as consistently as Ann Coulter and other conservative pundits are labeled "conservative."

...when there is as much of a rush to be the first to break the story of who forged the Bush National Guard memos as there was to run the pre-election report based on the fake documents.

HT to Cold Fury

Liberals in action

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The morality of Star Wars...

Science Fiction author David Brin writes about "Star Wars Despots vs. Star Trek Populists."

A well written piece that looks at the messages behind two of the most popular SciFi universes...

You aren't going to read this in the Boston Globe...

"Fallujah is now thought of as a 'safe zone' by the citizens." - Lt. Col. Dave Bellon, USMC

Mr. Harris and Powerline have more.



Bias, what bias?

Confederate Yankee and Powerline take notes on the President's press conference yesterday.
Here is a sample of the, ahem, "neutral" press:

Q Mr. President, you say you're making progress in the Social Security debate. Yet private accounts, as the centerpiece of that plan, something you first campaigned on five years ago and laid before the American people, remains, according to every measure we have, poll after poll, unpopular with a majority of Americans. So the question is, do you feel that this is a point in the debate where it's incumbent upon you, and nobody else, to lay out a plan to the American people for how you actually keep Social Security solvent for the long-term?

Hindrocket then points out that actual Washington Post poll result:
Would you support or oppose a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market?

Support: 56%
Oppose: 41%
No opinion: 3%

Then he nails it:
If reporters are going to preface questions with a long, hostile preamble, is it too much to expect them to get their facts right?

The IRA is dead...

Via Powerline:

When even the Execrable Ted knows the jig is up, it's safe, I think, to conclude that the IRA/Sinn Fein is dead.

Liberals and "Free Speech"

New Sisyphus points out that liberals view their ideas as worth of Free Speech and those who disagree are clearly doing something illegal and should be investigated and punished.
Some Money Quotes:

Since our time at the University of California we’ve noticed a constant among liberals everywhere: they simply cannot stand free speech unless they’re the only ones who get to speak. The rise of Fox News, conservative talk radio and the Blogosphere assaults the modern liberal’s sensibilities on so many levels, we are actually starting to believe it is literally driving them crazy.
...
You may be surprised to hear that the MSM “did a pretty good job of discerning” over the last year, given that the New York Times, CBS and the BBC all had to fire lead personnel over the fact that they just damn well made stuff up out of whole cloth in service to an obviously partisan political agenda. But then, if you’re reading this, your part of a dangerous sub-culture, aren't you?

And what, Senator, are we going to do about these dangerous people that keep disagreeing with the MSM and have the nasty habit of not keeping their ill-informed, non-making-stuff-up mouths shut? Here we see the cold iron of the liberal’s tendency to want to shut their opponents up that lies behind the calm façade and the Birkenstocks.
...
At the very least, their comments make it clear that, had they the power, they would now be using the full force and weight of the United States Department of Justice to shut you and us the hell up.

From campus speech codes, to stacked Sunday morning “news” shows to the smothering social pressure created by liberal racial politics and political correctness, liberals have shown that they cannot handle the free marketplace of ideas. Instead of dusting themselves off and throwing themselves back into the argument, they grasp for ways of declaring those they disagree with illegal.
...
conservatives merely think that liberals are wrong, while liberals think—really, actually think—that conservatives are evil.

And, hey, you’d do anything you could to stop evil, right?

Even if it means threatening their candidates, shooting up their campaign headquarters, lying to millions to discredit them or trying to steal elections.

Read the whole thing.

Press the barrel firmly against your foot and gently squeeze the trigger...

The Best of the Web points out:

This was a case of the liberal media unwittingly aiding conservatives. The whole Vietnam issue was always going to be a loser for Kerry, but the Democrats and their allies in the media kept reassuring each other that the opposite was true. And of course the proof is that George W. Bush is now serving his second term as president, while Kerry is holding little talks in which he pathetically rails against the "submedia."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This may not be such a bad thing...

According to the Washington Times, democrats have said they will shut down the government if the Republicans in the Senate try to get them to follow the rule of law.

Now, while this crybaby attitude is fairly typical of liberals, I can't help but remember the words of Mark Twain:

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."

They may be doing the country a favor...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A radical idea...

Village Voice Columnist Dan Savage calls for HIV-positive homosexual men who knowingly or negligently spread the virus to be financially accountable to their affected sexual partners.

"If the state can go after deadbeat dads and make them pay child support, why can't it go after deadbeat infectors and make them pay drug support?"


Sounds like a damn good idea.

A helpful hint...

How to Spot a Dictatorship.

Going to the source...

Seems like Journalism 101, but as the nice folks at Oh, That Liberal Media point out, the LA Times must have been absent that day.
The question, Why did Moammar Kadafi give up his WMD?
There are two views:

Officials still disagree about exactly why Kadafi gave up the programs. Some information supports President Bush's contention that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the broader U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive strikes forced the Libyan leader to act.

But several British and U.S. officials said Kadafi had been trying for years to surrender the weapons to end the international sanctions crippling the Libyan economy and smooth the way for his eldest son's eventual assumption of power.

It is made clear in the article that the LA Times prefers the second theory.

But, as Patterico points out, "But the article does not mention that Kadafi himself reportedly admitted to Silvio Berlusconi that the Iraq war was the proximate cause of the decision to disarm:"
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi made it clear that his decision to disarm was prompted by Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid," Mr. Gadhafi told Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, according to a Berlusconi spokesman who was quoted in yesterday's Telegraph of London.

They could do worse...

Kinky Friedman announces that he wants to run for Governor of Texas.

He's got a catchy tagline, "Why the hell not?"

I've heard he wants to make Willie Nelson the head of the Texas Rangers...

Monday, March 14, 2005

The look of Freedom...

From my prospective, Freedom in the Middle East is looking good...

Damn Skippy!

Thomas Lipscom lectures CNN & CBS:

If it takes “salivating morons” to get major news organizations to clean up their acts and remember Journalism 101, may they slobber on -- before the American people stop paying any attention to big media at all. In the end, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz points out, Jordan only resigned “following a relentless campaign by online critics but scant coverage in the mainstream press.” Those of us in mainstream media had better ask why we didn’t do a better job ourselves.

Read the whole thing. HT to Mr. Reynolds.

That is a lot of people...

Mr. Goldstein provides a picture with commentary of the protest in Lebanon.

It's certainly more people than showed up for the Misguided Mom March.

The new Phonebooks are here!

Well...not quite. What did arrive are a couple of copies of a brochure for the "Community Cancer Programs Network 20th Annual Educational Conference" being held in Manitoba in late April.

On the cover is a picture of flower growing out of a rock. At the bottom of the page it says:

Photo taken on the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park. Donated by Mark Urbin.


So now I'm a published photographer. That and two bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but I'm happy!

Coffeeshop blogging...

I'm at the local Evil Empire coffee shop (finishing off a gift card I got, I prefer locally owned shops).

One the plus side, this place does have a free hotspot. That is decidedly different from the last time I was here.

That means the next few posts will be coming from to you from the coffeeshop.

Update: Right after I made the post, the free Wi-Fi hotspot went away, leaving only the pay-through-the-nose hotspot typically found at Evil Empire coffee shops. I think it had to do with two people coming in who seemed be from the regional management office.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Nerd News

According to Slashdot:

"The new ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) wireless protocol designed for home automation is getting a lot of exposure lately and got some more exciting news today. Wired Home Weblog has a brief mention and press release about the first ZigBee SDIO card that allows your home to be controlled by your PDA. The card was introduced by C-Guys at Cebit today and will definitely add a whole new dimension to home automation."


I used to work in this field and it may just work. The straight ZigBee protocol is fine for lab experiments, proof of concept work, and a small home network. Just don't get over a hundred nodes or so...

Not only is BigBrother watching, he owns your messages!

Via Slashdot:

"AOL has posted new terms of service for AIM, that include the right for AOL to use anything and everything you send through AIM in any way they see fit, without informing you. A sample passage: '...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.'"

Friday, March 11, 2005

More hatred from the left...

The nice man at The Smallest Minority got hatemail from a leftist. Here is a portion of the liberal's so-called "Tolerant views" of those who disagree with him:

"We need to cull the flock - and you're high on my list."

What makes a real Journalist?

Confederate Yankee asks the question the left won't.

Top Ten Cool Things About the New XM8 Assault Rifle

It's Ace's list. Stop by and read it.

democrat Orlando Mayor surrenders on felony charges.

Myway news reports:

Mayor Buddy Dyer, a judge and two campaign workers surrendered Friday on a felony charge of paying for the collection of absentee ballots before last year's election.


When you read this AP byline story, note how Mayor Dyer's political affiation is never mentioned.
Given the way the MSM works, that means he is a democrat. If a Republican politican was arrested on a felon charge, his party affiation would have in the first sentance and repeated several times in the story.
It took a little googling, before he was outted as a democrat by the moonbats over the DU.

It's a good thing I'm not in the Israeli Army.

If you haven't heard yet, the Israeli Army considers Gamers unstable.

Ultimate Gamer!!
GM says drop 2d10, aanndd... you roll 80% !

What, are you a first generation gamer? Did you own the brown box?!
Whatever you do in your spare time, gaming seems to be your job. Either
you looked up the answers or you're the best of the best, the type that
makes other gamers strive to know more. Just don't let the knowledge
overwhelm the newbies, it tends to push them from the hobby.
We all bow before you. You are the living nat 20, congradulations. I'm
going to flee the scene now ;)



My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 99% on dice
Link: The Real Gamers use Dice Test written by luminasita on Ok Cupid

Sad, but oh so true...

Thursday, March 10, 2005

What is the UN good for?

Andrew Sullivan has a damn good article on the subject. Read the whole thing, but here are some highlights:

the director of the Oil-For-Food program, Benon Sevan, received lucrative oil contracts from Saddam, worth up to $1 million. The program itself was rife with corruption, enriching Saddam to the tune of $6.5 billion, while paying off a whole range of "persons the programme did not recognise as oil purchasers."
...
...the current Human Rights Commission's working group is made up of the Netherlands, Hungary, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe. No, I'm not making that up.
...
the U.N.'s own solution - sending round after round of weapons inspectors while maintaining sanctions and the oil-for-food program - was an exercise in absurdity. The weapons inspectors could never prove what they were supposed to prove without Saddam becoming an entirely different kind of leader (and they would never have been sent at all without the insistence of Britain and the U.S.);
...
Imagine we had followed the U.N. line and not gone to war. The corrupt Oil-For-Food program would have been continued, while pressure to remove all sanctions would have increased. Saddam would be gradually rebuilding the ability to threaten the region and the world. Hundreds of shady businessmen, lobbyists, pseudo-journalists and bureaucrats would have seen their own bank accounts padded with lucrative oil contracts. The Iraqi people would continue to live in a fast-collapsing police state, kept barely alive by medicine and food supplies from the U.N. that were also the means to keep them under Saddam's thumb. How on earth would this have been anything but a disaster and an injustice? Yes, war critics are right to say that we now know the WMD threat was greatly exaggerated. But it is equally true that we now know that the status quo the war critics preferred was inefficient, corrupt and deadly to the Iraqi people.
...
If the U.N. is powerless in the face of genocide and corrupt in the face of dictatorships, how can it be relied upon to do anything of any real meaning in the world?
That kind of work is left to the despised leaders of the West - the George Bushes and Tony Blairs and John Howards. They are actually accountable to voters, where U.N. bureaucrats are accountable once in a blue moon to Paul Volcker.
...
without these Western leaders and military powers, the Taliban would still be in power and Saddam would still be skimming off U.N. dollars. And Kofi Annan would be making excuses for both. After all the huffing and puffing of the last three years, doesn't that tell you all you really need to know?

Damn Skippy!

The double standard of Academic Tenure...

Ace of Spades HQ points out while Ward Churchill is protected by Academic Free Speech Rights at CU, another CU professor is fired for being too outspoken about his "Christian views".

The silence of the left (and the ACLU) on this is deafening...

"he bathed" is a legitimate compliment

Michael Moore's former manager goes off on his former client.

A big welcome to all those surfing in from the Roth Report!

Wow! An honest democrat.

Eric Axelson sends the following to the OpinionJournal:

As a Democratic elected official in the 1980s I had a similar response to any of Ronald Reagan's initiatives. I can recall a sinking feeling as the stock market took off in late 1982, worrying that Reagan would get credit. Or being peeved that the Grenada invasion was so successful. Or that Reagan engineered the tax reform that Bill Bradley and Dick Gephardt had staked out. And conversely, when the Iran-contra scandal blew up I was delighted that Reagan would be brought down a peg (although Oliver North pretty much cleaned the clocks of the lawyers and congressional inquisitors in his testimony). The bottom line for us partisan Democrats back then (as now) was that if it was good for Reagan (even if also good for the country) we opposed, belittled, quibbled, nattered and otherwise sought to diminish.

It was only well after Reagan had left office that I began to see how successful and far-reaching his policies actually were. In the 1990s I began to annoy my leftist friends by stating the obvious, that Reagan was the most successful U.S. president since FDR. And it was only a relatively short ideological journey (helped along by Clinton's feckless policies and corruption) to embrace the policies of President Bush that are engendering freedom in places that have known only tyranny.

Monday, March 07, 2005

In their own words...

I previously wrote how left wing newspapers, like the Boston Globe, were hiding the details on much publicized incident of US soliders shooting at a car containing an Italian "journalist", that was traveling at high speeds and refused to stop at a US Military checkpoint.

The Captain has more details.
He sums up the reporter's own words quite well:

So they drove through Baghdad fast enough to almost lose control of the car, never slowed down as they approached a checkpoint they knew to be ahead, and the "rain of gunfire and bullets" apparently only hit two of the three people in the car -- hardly likely if the intent was to assassinate everyone in the vehicle. In fact, it sounds very close to the American version of the incident, in which the Italians failed to coordinate their movements with the military command protecting the single most dangerous road in Iraq, one on which numerous car-bomb attacks have been launched, and failed to approach a military checkpoint in a battle zone with caution and common sense.


Read the whole thing...

Cox & Forkum have a brilliant cartoon on this subject.

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The Movie page has a political flicks section.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Buried on page A7...

Are the key details of this Boston Globe cover story:

Marine Sergeant Salju Thomas, a military spokesman, initially said soldiers ''fired on a vehicle approaching a checkpoint in Baghdad at a high rate of speed." Sgrena was being treated by coalition forces medical personnel, he added.

A few hours later, a statement from the US Army's Third Infantry Division in Baghdad said that troops fired at a speeding car that ''refused to stop at a checkpoint."

The statement said soldiers with the Third Infantry ''killed one civilian and wounded two others when their vehicle traveling at high speeds refused to stop at a checkpoint here today.

''About 9 p.m., a patrol in western Baghdad observed the vehicle speeding towards their checkpoint and attempted to warn the driver to stop by hand and arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots in front of the car. When the driver didn't stop, the soldiers shot into the engine block, which stopped the vehicle, killing one and wounding two others."

Friday, March 04, 2005

A democrat speaks freely...

Cold Fury examines an "interview" between Jon Stewart and Susan Soderburg.
It's quite enlightening to those who haven't been paying attention to the left.
Read the whole thing.

Perhaps just color blind...

...instead of flat out stupid and blinded by a far left extremist point of view. Which one do you think fits the rants of Timothy Garton Ash in a Los Angeles Times op-ed:

Here, for example, is what the undersecretary of State for global affairs, Paula Dobriansky, said on Monday: "As the president noted in Bratislava just last week, there was a Rose Revolution in Georgia, an Orange Revolution in Ukraine and, most recently, a Purple Revolution in Iraq. In Lebanon, we see growing momentum for a 'Cedar Revolution' that is unifying the citizens of that nation to the cause of true democracy and freedom from foreign influence."

Spot the odd one out. "Purple Revolution" in Iraq? Purple, as in the color of blood? There's a vital difference between a democratic revolution that is peaceful, authentic and generated by people inside a country and one that is imposed, or kick-started, by a military invasion and occupation.

As Mr. Taranto points out, blood is red, not purple. Somebody at the LA Times should issue Timothy Garton Ash a new box of crayons. That way he can tell the colors apart when he writes his next op-ed.

That's something you don't see everyday...

The Best of the Web points to an article in the Columbia Spectator, in which a self-described "left winger" by the name of Jason Elliot manages to stake out a position that is antiwar, and stridently so, without being antimilitary.

Mr. Taranto then goes on to point out that this is something democrat members of Congress and the ACLU can't do.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

On a roll...

Not me, Ace of Spades HQ. Stop by and keep reading.

A really bad track record...

An interesting political theory...

Tony suggests that we "Follow The Hot Women" find new trends. He says he got the idea from PJ O'Rourke.
Specifically, this quote from Parliament of Whores:

"Best of all, there were hardly any beautiful women at the [Housing Now!] rally. I saw a journalist friend of mine in the Mall, and he and I purused this line of inquiry as assiduously as our happy private lives allow. Practically every female at the march was a bowser. "We're not being sexist here," my friend insisted. "It's not that looks matter per se. It's just that beautiful women are always on the cutting edge of social trends. Remember how many beautiful women were in the anti-war movement twenty years ago? In the yoga classes fifteen years ago? At the discos ten years ago? On Wall Street five years ago? Where the beautiful women are is where the country is headed," said my friend. "And this," he looked around him, "isn't it."

For those who complain about the "Rightwing Bias of Fox News"...

Take a look at the Leftwing extremist Liberal Bias of Dan Rather and CBS News.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Former Klansman runs afoul of Godwin's Law

Image if a Republican had said this about the opposing party on the Senate floor:

Hitler’s originality lay in his realization that effective revolutions, in modern conditions, are carried out with, and not against, the power of the State: the correct order of events was first to secure access to that power and then begin his revolution. Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law on his side. Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal.


Of course, a former Klansman and democrat can get away with it while the MSM turns a blind eye...

HT to PoliPundit!

The Form 180 Crisis!

When will he release the Form 180 data as promised?!?

A protest against terrorism...

This one took place in Hillah, Iraq (what? You were suspecting Berkely, CA or Cambridge, MA?).

More flat out liberal Hypocrisy

Misguided Mom March organizer Annette Stevens was arrested for the possesion of an illegal hangun (complete with the serial number scratched off).

Food Blogging

Pound Cake
Pound Cake,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
This is a dual-layer pound cake I baked Sunday.

Why the left can't be trusted.

This email to Andrew Sullivan sums up one reason:

I had lunch today with a friend - a really smart, knowledgeable, accomplished guy, who also happens to be very liberal and is active in state Democratic politics. I mentioned to him that Lebanon's government had just fallen. You would have thought I told him his dog had died. He chewed his sandwich slowly, thought for a while, and finally said,"You know, Assad's a bastard, but he was right when he said the problems in Iraq are the fault of America, not Syria."
There wasn't any happiness that Lebanon is marching toward freedom. This kind of sulky non-sequitur, to me, exemplifies well why the Democratic Party cannot be trusted right now with our national security. Though some in the party, like Biden and Lieberman, are serious about protecting us, there are just way too many others so filled with hatred for Bush that they are incapable of understanding what is happening in the Middle East, and what the stakes are for all of us. And that's why I stand by my intense disagreement with your decision last fall to endorse John Kerry - even if the man could have been trusted, his party, as a whole, could not have been." How depressing.

The NYTimes backs down on the Plame non-scandel.

From the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web, quoting a Times editorial from Saturday:

Meanwhile, an even more basic issue has been raised in recent articles in The Washington Post and elsewhere: the real possibility that the disclosure of Ms. Plame's identity, while an abuse of power, may not have violated any law. Before any reporters are jailed, searching court review is needed to determine whether the facts indeed support a criminal prosecution under existing provisions of the law protecting the identities of covert operatives.

Emphasis added.
Read the whole thing.

Where is the plan?

Free Speech under attach at Universities...

It really is extraordinary that we live in an age where students have to educate faculty on the importance and educational value of free speech.

Don't let the truth get in the way of your hate.